What if you made every Saturday, small business Saturday?
What if you shopped small, local, independent businesses every Saturday for a year? An American Express study in 2022 found that “ $0.68 of every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in the local community and that every dollar spent at small businesses creates an additional $0.48 in local business activity as a result of employees and local businesses purchasing local goods and services.” Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 to encourage shoppers to shop locally on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It has since grown to #shopsmall which encourages people to shop small businesses year-round.
Since I’ve become a small business, I greatly value supporting other small businesses, especially local ones. I also love it when a client gives me a teacher appreciation gift or gift card that’s from a local business! It’s a win-win for everyone! As you are shopping this month, shop local and shop small. Of course, I love the convenience of big box stores and the quick delivery of Amazon, but there’s something to be said about knowing a shop owner and giving back to the community. Drop into the comments below some small businesses you support in your local community or ways that you have made personal connections with small business owners.
Here are just a few local and/or small businesses I like to support.
Plus local strawberry farms, photographers, walking tours, florists at the farmer’s market, and friends and family with Etsy shops… just to name a few.
Of course, I’d love your support, too! Here are 3 of my business ventures that you could support by making purchases, leaving reviews, or sharing my sites with your family, friends, and social media followers.
Click here to visit my Art Store on Etsy – great for home or gifts.
Click here to visit my Educational Store on TPT – great for parents and educators.
Click here to visit my online courses on my website – great for parents and educators.
🛍️ As you do your shopping, think about supporting the small business owners in your community and in your circles. You will be pouring back into your community when you #shopsmall. And we small business owners are so grateful for local customers and clients!
Table Talk: What small businesses do you support in your area? How has a small business owner made a personal connection with you?